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Grocery Shopping Plan

15 Jan

This Weekday Meal Plan And Shopping List found in the January 2011 issue of Real Simple magazine is the perfect 2-in-1 way to plan out grocery shopping and meals. I tried other methods but this is by far the best yet! I love that I can map out my meals for the week. I love that I can list out grocery items by meal and grocery store section. It is so ORGANIZED! This makes both shopping and cooking way easier.

Here is a scanned image of the magazine page:

Credit: Real Simple January 2011

If you are handy with Excel you can easily recreate this yourself.

I get most of my recipes from my subscription to Everyday Food. I scanned my favorite recipes from 2011 into a folder on my computer and threw the magazines into a recycling bin. That is less clutter in my home and I keep my favorite recipes. I like to plan out two weeks in advance worth of meals. Once I write out all the meals and items needed I go through my Sunday paper and ads for coupons on only the things I need. Major props to those extreme couponers–but I just don’t have the storage space, time or patience for all that!

If you would like me to send you this image please email me or leave a comment below and I will send it to you. Do you use a certain method to plan out your grocery shopping? Do you use a certain list or table to write out your grocery list? Please share with me in comments!

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Shot Glass Storage

9 Jan

Shot glasses can be used for more than just guzzling down your choice of liquor–they can be used for storage! I came across this idea while perusing Pinterest. I continue to discover so many unique organizing tips through that site.

This Shot Glass Checkers set gathered dust in a closet for years and I only used it once! Each piece is now being put to use.

         First I organized a drawer in the entertainment center. The square shot glasses are perfect for holding various batteries, dice and small electronic cords. We also store playing cards, Uno and Loteria (Mexican Bingo) in this drawer.

Here is a better look at what is inside the shot glasses:

Four batteries fit perfectly.

I also took this storage method to the bathroom. I completely reorganized the drawers, under the sink and medicine cabinet. Today I will just show you how I implemented the shot glasses in the top drawer and medicine cabinet.

Shot glass storage in the medicine cabinet.

Shot glass storage in the top drawer.

Previously the top drawer was crammed with hair products, flat iron, blow dryer and curling iron. Hair ties, bobby pins and other small things became lost in the mix. I threw away hair products that I never used (even full bottles!) and kept only my everyday essentials. I stored it all in a caddy I bought from Avon. Now the top drawer contains my everyday skin care products, earring box, cotton swabs and a few small things neatly stored in shot glasses.

I also rearranged the medicine cabinet. Before the shelves stored products in a random order. Now each shelf holds specific products. The top shelf (pictured above) now only holds medicine and some acne products. I used a shot glass to store small tubes of medicated ointments.

Here is a closer look at what is inside the shot glasses:

Medicated ointments, acne spot treatment, travel perfumes

I even made use of the checker board that came with the set as a decoration piece. For now I’m using it to accent this mosaic vase from Party Lite.

Now that is how you use shot glasses for storage! One of the most important things I learned so far from all the organizing blogs I stumbled on via Pinterest is to shop your home for items to re-purpose and think outside the box–think of how to use items not for its intended purpose!